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Smokey Firehouse Dog

Smokey – the Labrador retriever mix from Jacksonville, Ill.  


“..Smokey was found inside a home that was engulfed in flames before she became a firehouse dog. “Smokey’s lifeless body was brought out, and with the efforts of fire and police, she was brought back to life,” wrote her handler lieutenant Todd Warrick. Now Smokey is a training tool to help kids learn how to stop, drop and roll.”.. (TodayShow)

Read more about Smokey HERE!

"An Inner Fire" Main Characters - Meet Mitzi!

Mitzi is a Standard Black Poodle who lives with her human, Ewan Davis.  Davis is a hot firefighter/Fire Investigator who doesn’t have the time or inclination to take Mitzi for endless grooming sessions.  Mitzi is relieved and doesn’t miss the “pampered poodle” lifestyle that Ewan’s ex-girlfriend used to make her endure.  This Standard Poodle is perfectly happy to stay far away from grooming salons, nail polish and rhinestone collars!  Mitzi is much more interested in solving mysteries and providing a little personal security for the humans in her life.



Healing Through Therapy Dogs

From the Seattle Kennel Club:

When it comes to healing, Newtown’s therapy dogs have no age limits for coaxing a smile and easing pain

By Ranny Green

“I looked into their eyes and they recognized my pain,” said a teary-eyed Reed Intermediate School sixth-grader describing the grief-counseling role played by therapy dogs after the Dec. 14 shooting massacre that took 26 lives at nearby Sandy Hook Elementary School in idyllic Newtown, Conn.

The dogs served multiple roles and opened the eyes of many professionals with their healing capabilities at Reed, where a community crisis center was established the following day and remained operative for six months. They also assisted in other Newtown schools for varying lengths of time, including Sandy Hook Elementary, which moved to a vacant middle school in nearby Monroe Jan. 3.

“There were many days I didn’t feel like talking to anyone,” confessed another Reed sixth-grade student on the final day of the school year in late June, “I just needed something to hug. The dogs gave me that.”

Link to the rest at Seattle Kennel Club.